Have you ever wondered the reason behind turmeric’s popularity? Widely used throughout Asia as a spice, Western cultures have more recently discovered it. Loved for both its flavor and long-recognized health benefits, turmeric is a root that contains curcumin. Let’s take a deeper look at what curcumin is and how your body and microbiome can benefit from it.
Curcumin is the orange pigment, and the main active ingredient, in turmeric. It’s the ingredient that gives curry its yellow-orange color. As it relates to health, Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that supports the normal and healthy physiological function of the body, on top of helping to promote joint and brain health.*1
To experience optimal health benefits, consuming more turmeric is not enough. Curcumin is notoriously difficult for the body to absorb because the digestive system is essentially a large body of water–and curcumin dissolves in fat rather than in water.2 So, most of it just ends up being excreted by the body. The small amount that is absorbed is then rapidly metabolized (broken down), resulting in low bioavailability, leaving very little curcumin available for the body to use. We can take high quality supplements, which may ensure good absorption and good bioavailability, but even that doesn’t solve the absorption dilemma.
Fortunately, there’s a solution that can provide your body with the most health benefits coming from curcumin.
In order to solve the absorption issue, some curcumin supplement manufacturers have taken to including things such as surfactants or Tween 80 (Polysorbate), which is used in bath bombs. Not only can ingesting these things be harmful, but they still don’t provide optimal absorption.
The scientists at Indena®, a renowned Italian nutraceutical company, found a way to increase the absorption efficiency by attaching a curcumin extract to phospholipids3, essential components of human cells, resulting in Meriva®. Meriva® Curcumin is an all-natural phytosome form of curcumin backed by over 30 clinical studies to support its health claims. When you take Meriva® your body absorbs the phospholipids and the attached curcumin, resulting in more curcumin reaching the cells that can benefit from it.*
Clinical trials have demonstrated that twice-daily supplementation with Meriva® Curcumin may increase treadmill endurance, improve joint function and decrease aches and pains, as well as support the normal and healthy inflammatory function of the body.*4
Let's take a more in-depth look at some of these optimized health benefits:
- Improve joint function*
- Increase endurance*
- Decrease muscle soreness*
Improve Joint Function*
Meriva® Curcumin was evaluated for its efficacy in 50 individuals with joint stiffness and achiness.5 Mobility was studied by walking performance on a treadmill over a three-month period. After just two months, participants demonstrated a 201% improvement in walking distance when taking Meriva® Curcumin (1g per day providing 200mg curcumin.) Even more impressive, improvements continued through the third month of the study.
In a longer eight-month study for mobility involving 100 participants, results confirmed that Meriva® contributed to a significant reduction in joint pain and stiffness, and improvement in treadmill walking performance.6
Decrease Muscle Soreness
A further study demonstrated how healthy males experienced a reduction in muscle soreness/damage after taking 1g twice daily. Out of the 20 volunteers, those taking Meriva® Curcumin reported significantly less thigh soreness and were observed to have less muscle soreness overall 24 hours after taking a downhill running test.
Meriva® has also been widely proven to increase strength and vitality among older patients.*7 In an open trial, 86 healthy over-65 subjects who experienced strength loss and tiredness took part in a routine involving exercise and a balanced diet, with the test group also being given 500mg/day of Meriva® Curcumin. A number of functional and biochemical parameters were evaluated (weight lifting, climbing stairs, general fitness, etc.) and after three months, significant improvements in all parameters was observed in those who supplemented with Meriva®. This is compared to no significant improvement observed in the standard management group.8
These findings provide evidence that supplementing with Meriva® Curcumin may contribute to many positive health benefits and an increased overall wellness. A new product has combined the strength of Meriva® Curcumin with the added benefits of omega-3s found in fish oil. Aqua Biome +Meriva® Curcumin by Enzymedica provides the ultimate in total body support in one easy-to-take capsule. Additionally, it was created using other leading research centered around the microbiome.
-Dr. Michael Murray
Chief Science Officer at Enzymedica with over 35 years of experience and author of over 30 books on natural health & wellness
Aqua Biome is the first fish oil of its kind—it uses a different ratio of omega-3s and includes DPA, the “missing omega”- to help provide optimal balance and support for your microbiome.
In support of total body wellness, fish oil supplements should fully support the microbial diversity of your microbiome. Recent studies have demonstrated that as DPA can convert into DHA or EPA to support gut health, a 4:2:1 balanced approach of DHA:EPA:DPA (rather than prioritizing EPA) not only provides greater benefits to the microbiome, but is also the same ratio found in wild Alaskan Salmon. Aqua Biome is designed to help your microbiome flourish!
Available together with Meriva® Curcumin for the first time, Aqua Biome +Meriva® Curcumin supplementation not only provides microbiome support (crucial as this is responsible for influencing everything from energy levels, to weight loss, to digestion) but also has the added benefit of supporting joint health, brain function and total body health.* This makes our fish oil one of the only products on the market to support microbiome diversity and joint health.*
Research demonstrates a large body of evidence supporting the beneficial effects of both Meriva® Curcumin and omega-3s. Get both together in one supplement with Aqua Biome +Meriva® Curcumin.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.